MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

Team USA's Brady Ellison, Paige Pearce and James Lutz all earned shots at their first World Archery Championships gold medals in outstanding shooting.
Saturday, Brady Ellison became the first U.S. men's recurve World Archery Champion since Rick McKinney in 1985.
Discover Boating is working with dozens of bloggers and social influencer partners this spring/summer to inspire more people to get on the water.

Muzzy Bowfishing unveils tournament prizes in excess of $20,000 dollars in cash and prizes for the July 12-14 Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament at Lee S. Jones Park in Eddyville, Kentucky.
Not only was the winning weight heavy, but the field produced 24 limits weighing in excess of 20 pounds, and it required 18.30 pounds to collect the final paycheck in 40th place.
The USA Shooting National Championships for Skeet got underway Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Even without a couple of its shooting stars, Nationals will be a spectacle of talent. World Champion Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana), six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and recent World Cup medalist and reigning national champion Christian Elliott (Greenville, Indiana) have chosen to sit this one out. 
Seven U.S. Rifle athletes, including Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher, have earned the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The XVIII Pan American Games will be contested July 26 – August 11 and will feature over 6,500 athletes from 41 nations.   

Yamaha Marine officially launched Yamaha Rightwaters on World Oceans Day last Saturday with a public service project that targeted the Georgia coast and collected 2.3 tons of debris.
The Coast Guard would like the public’s help to identify a suspected hoax caller, who has been transmitting distress calls since late March around Ocean City.
Trinity Oaks will present the Lt. Paul Silber Award and the Partner of the Year Award at the 7th Annual Gala Under the Stars on August 10 at La Vilta Assembly Hall, San Antonio. Paul Babaz will receive the Lt. Paul Silber Award, and Roger Schmidt will receive the Partner of the Year Award.
Always striving to Match-the-Hatch™, LIVETARGET introduces Injected Core Technology (ICT): a whole new innovation in bait design that offers even more realism on a number of levels.

Three members of OWAA will receive John Madson Fellowships this year to offset costs of attending skill-building conferences and workshops.
Begun over 25 years ago and one of the longest-running boating community grant programs, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grant program provides local groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics.
The National Rifle Association Business Alliance program has expanded its exclusive partnership with AXIS POS and Gearfire eCommerce. In addition to the existing benefits offered through Orchid Advisors and the NRA Business Alliance relationship, retail business owners’ have access to RTG and Gearfire applications at a deep discount.
Swanson Russell received 15 awards at the annual American Marketing Association Prism Awards ceremony sponsored by the Lincoln AMA chapter on May 9 in Lincoln.

Swanson Russell came home with a record number of wins at the 40th Annual Telly Awards. The agency received eight awards— the most the agency has ever received in a single season.
The National Rifle Association announced the new NRA CCW Course for NRA Instructors, Training Counselors and their students. The National Rifle Association developed this course based on the feedback received from existing Instructors and Training Counselors.
- JOBS -
Apex Tactical Specialties, the industry’s leader in the design, development and manufacture of aftermarket trigger kits for pistols, is seeking candidates for the position of Shipping and Receiving Supervisor at their Peoria, Arizona facility.
The Murray Road Agency is looking for a motivated, energetic graphic designer with experience in all mediums and a passion for the creative process. The ideal candidate has worked in the field for at least 3-5 years, and has extensive project experience in web, print and digital design (and understands these differences).

Kinsey’s, a distributor to the outdoors/archery industry, seeks a candidate for a Buyer who will report to the Director of Purchasing Operations. The Buyer will maintain and analyze inventory levels, product selection and vendor programs.
This week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation to guarantee $900 million in annual mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – a move that drew praise from NMMA and the outdoor recreation community.
A Texas bill that strengthens the state's preemption statute, HB 3231, was signed last Friday by Governor Abbott. HB3231 enhances the state's firearm and knife law preemption statute by adding a provision that prevents local governments from restricting firearms and knife sales. Knife Rights Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, provided advice and guidance to Texas activists who worked on HB 3231.
Michigan State Representative Steven Johnson has once again introduced a bill to remove from Michigan statute all the knives prohibited from concealed carry, HB 4722.  

The new HK Knives Mini Incursion is an "out the front" automatic knife finished with a carbide tip glass breaker and reversible carry clip. HK Knives are manufactured by Hogue Knives.
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Ed Brown Products, Inc. honors the men and women serving in the United States Special Operations Command with the special edition Special Forces SOCOM. Based on the Special Forces SR model, the new gun features American flag rear cocking serrations, a black Gen4 coated slide with FDE Gen4 coated frame and a Trijicon RMR.
Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced an upcomingwebinar for law enforcement discussing why over 500 police departments across the country have started the process of implementing the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera.’s third edition of The Best Holster in the History of Ever survey is live.The 2019 survey features 10 questions which will ultimately provide data on the concealed carrier and their love (or hate) for the various holster brands on the market today.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to Smokin’ Gun Worx in Forreston, Illinois. Smokin’ Gun Worx offers two live-fire ranges and simulator range, a robust rental gun program, an in-house retail store carrying an impressive inventory of firearms, and much more.
Houston Safari Club Foundation announces the addition of Art Wright to its team as the HSCF Business Development Manager. 
The Outdoor Writers Association of America announces the hiring of Suzanne Downing as its new communications manager and editor of Outdoors Unlimited, the association's flagship magazine.
Daniel Defense has partnered with premier protective case company Pelican to offer a one-of-a-kind deal to its customers. With this latest promotion, customers will receive a free V800 VAULT by Pelican with the purchase of any Daniel Defense firearm.

The newly launched Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Custom Competition Rifle sets “a new edge for the bread-and-butter rimfire” and is featured in the August issue of GUNS Magazine.
This weekend’s edition of Northwestern Outdoors Radio covers fishing, conservation and mountain biking.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Federal Ammunition has signed on to be the Educational Sponsor of its 2019 Range-Retailer Business Expo. Federal Ammunition is a maker of handgun, shotgun and rifle ammunition for the consumer, law enforcement and military markets.
This year’s inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame include four outstanding individuals and one outstanding organization

The Alabama State Parks Division will celebrate 200 years of Alabama statehood on the 200th day of 2019 – Friday, July 19 – by declaring it Bicentennial Day at Alabama State Parks. On that day, Alabama’s state parks will offer free admission, free parking and a 20 percent discount on overnight accommodations (some exceptions apply).
Saturday night, Indiana Conservation Officers assisted with the rescue of five people from a home surrounded by floodwaters in Hancock County.
Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 22, with a major increase in coho quota this year.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), along with a consortium of state and tribal partners, today submitted an expanded application to lethally remove California and Steller sea lions preying on threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River and its tributaries.
Hunters have until July 5 to apply for a Nebraska 2019-2020 multispecies lottery permit. Two types of permits are available: Super Tag and Combo.
This week on “The High Road with Keith Warren,” Keith and Matti are visiting Hog Wild Adventures; ground zero for feral hogs. Both Keith and Matti take down hogs using deadly air rifles topped off with Pulsar thermal scopes.
Adventure meets the small screen in Prime Revolution airing Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel.
After historic rainfall has prevented many Michigan farmers from planting their crops this year, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to help affected farms across the state.
Due to the detection of CWD, in both captive and free-ranging deer, Pennsylvania DMAs 2 and 3 have been expanded, while no changes will be made to DMA 4.


Editor’s Note: Today’s feature is a compilation of significant news for the firearms industry compiled by the Government Relations of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Anti-PLCAA Bill Introduced in Congress

Anti-PLCAA Bill Introduced in CongressDual bills were introduced by gun control advocates in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and subject firearms businesses to frivolous lawsuits by crime victims who seek action against the firearms industry rather than criminals. The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act would seek to negate PLCAA, which was signed into law in 2005. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claimed “responsible actors in the gun industry don’t need this limitation on liability,” but didn’t explain that the firearms industry isn’t protected against design flaws. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said victims deserve their day in court. But this legislation doesn’t hold the criminals responsible who use guns to commit crimes. Larry Keane explained NSSF's opposition to the legislation, likening the proposal to allowing victims of drunk driving to litigate against major auto manufacturers. This isn’t the first time legislation similar to this has been introduced. Rep. Schiff introduced this in 2013 and it was attempted twice since. NSSF will vigorously oppose this and update with developments.


U.S. Sen. Graham Introduces FFL Protection Act

U.S. Sen. Graham Introduces FFL Protection ActU.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced the NSSF-supported S. 1788, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act this week, which would strengthen penalties for burglaries and robberies of federally-licensed firearms dealers. “I am proud to reintroduce this effort to make ‘smash-and-grabs’ more costly for criminals. I believe in responsible gun ownership – not criminals stealing firearms,” Sen. Graham said in a press release. The bill has 12 co-sponsors. NSSF’s Larry Keane thanked Sen. Graham in a press statement, noting “The Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act is a significant reinforcement of our federal laws to help deter both first-time and repeat violators and ensure those convicted of these crimes serve serious time.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) reported a 71 percent increase in the number of thefts from FFLs from 2013 through 2017, which peaked at 577 such crimes.


NSSF Brings ‘Don’t Lie’ Campaign to Detroit

NSSF Brings ‘Don’t Lie’ Campaign to DetroitNSSF’s Larry Keane kicked off a month-long awareness campaign warning would-be straw-purchasers “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy.” Keane was joined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michigan State Police, and sheriffs from Oakland, Wayne and Genesee Counties and Detroit Police Department. A press conference was held at Bass Pro Shops where it was noted that firearms retailers are the front line preventing straw purchases. The message of the month-long campaign warns that buying a firearm for someone who can’t pass a background check brings 10 years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine. Don’t Lie for the Other Guy® is funded by the firearms industry and conducted in partnership with the ATF. The ATF chose Detroit for this campaign, which has been done for 20 years.


Gov. Northam Sets July 9 for Special Gun Session

Gov. Northam Sets July 9 for Special Gun SessionVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced July 9 would begin a special General Assembly session to address gun control proposals in the wake of the murders of 12 in Virginia Beach. There is no determined length, structure or topics to be considered, as that will be determined by the House of Delegates and state Senate leaders, both of whom rejected Northam’s call to ban modern sporting rifles, standard capacity magazines, suppressors, reinstate a one-a-month gun purchase limit and criminalize private sales. The murderer in Virginia Beach passed background checks for both firearms he purchased and an additional two for the suppressor, which requires fingerprints submission and chief law enforcement officer notification. NSSF is already speaking with Virginia lawmakers to ensure the freedom to exercise Second Amendment rights is protected.


Delaware Gov. Signs Storage Law

Delaware Gov. Signs Storage LawDelaware Gov. John Carney signed a law expanding home storage requirements to add criminal penalties for firearms owners whose firearms are not made inaccessible to children or prohibited persons. Legislative language was improved to shift the burden of proof to the state from gun owners but doesn’t address the unique requirements each firearms owner must consider when safely storing firearms. This was the only gun control bill to reach the governor. NSSF opposed measures including bans on modern sporting rifles, standard capacity magazines and state training and permit requirements which failed. NSSF advocates for firearms safe storage and partners with 15,000 law enforcement agencies to distribute 38 million firearms safety kits including gun locks. Firearms owners should consider their specific needs, recognizing one-size-fits-all approaches are overly broad.


Vermont Gov. Rejects Waiting Periods

Vermont’s Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a gun control bill that would have mandated a 24-hour waiting period before a firearms transfer could be completed. Gun control advocates pushed for the legislation claiming it would deter suicide. Opponents including NSSF said the legislation doesn’t contribute to public safety, but infringes on Second Amendment rights. The legislation originally called for a 48-hour waiting period, but was narrowed and applied only to handguns when it was clear it wouldn’t pass the legislature. Gov. Scott said the legislature should focus instead on strengthening the state’s mental health system, reducing adverse childhood experiences, combatting addiction and improving economic opportunity.


Maine Legislators Protect Second Amendment

Maine Legislators Protect 2nd AmendmentAfter an intense public relations push from anti-gunners (a visit from David Hogg) and other out of state groups, Maine legislators stood strong in protecting the rights of its citizens. The Maine House defeated (66-80 vote) LD 1099, a Universal Background Check bill that would have required background checks for private gun sales in the state. The bill was also defeated in the Senate by a 16-19 vote. This move preserves the vote of the citizens in the 2016 election who voted against question 3 (52-48) to mandate background checks. Also this week the legislature rejected a bill that would have created a minimum 72-hour waiting period for the purchase of a gun and another that would have required gun owners to use trigger locks or gun safes on firearms stored at home. Thank you to the Maine legislature in protecting the rights of its citizens.


N.H. Live Free or Die? Not Anymore

N.H. Live Free or Die? Not AnymoreNew Hampshire Democrats did not wait long to strip Granite State residents of their Second Amendment rights. N.H.’s House approved Senate changes to bills requiring background checks and waiting periods before commercial firearms sales. NSSF testified in opposition to both bills but they are now on their way to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk. House Bill 109, a Universal Background Check bill, would require a background check for commercial firearms sales or transfers and establishes a criminal penalty for violating the provisions. The bill was approved by the House on a 196-161 vote. The second bill headed to the governor, House Bill 514, would establish a three-day waiting period (which could be up to six days) that an individual must wait in order to take physical possession of a firearm. It was approved on a 197-160 vote. NSSF urges all New Hampshire residents to contact Gov. Sununu’s office and urge him to veto these bills.

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